Juice Feasting

Day 2 – Today was rough, truly. I was at work, and only had 1 qt of tea with me, and 1 qt of my juice. It was a long, long day. It taught me that I could make it, but it wasn’t comfortable. The day at work was followed by errands, taking Amaranthine to visit her father, taking Jamie & Ben to get hair cuts, pick up building supplies for the shop, boy scouts, and teaching/assisting in a genealogy class. There was NO time to have juice during those activities, either. 

Went shopping, the store was out of cucumbers and other things I wanted for some special juices tomorrow. They were out of beets too! I had really been looking forward to beet juice in combination with a few other veggies. *sigh* I made carrot-apple-celery-lime-yellow bell pepper-kale juice for tomorrow. I won’t be left without it and wishing.

How do I feel? I’m exhausted. I’m feeling like I have a sore throat coming on. I have a head-ache.

How else do I feel? I made it another day, juicing, and didn’t cheat even once. Family had salad, chicken n’ rice – and Ben had french fries w/ his hamburger too. I didn’t buckle to the temptation to chew something! I’m pleased with my fortitude. I need to have more tea and water tomorrow.

A Juice Feast

It’s often very, very, very difficult to keep going on a program; ever noticed that?

Well, my hat is off to my nephew, Nathan. He is amazing. He saw the movie Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead – and did a 10-day juice fast and then has changed his life around and eats a Paleo diet (which is the one that works best for him, and he says he’s tried them all!). He sticks to it even when his family is eating Pizza!!! Nathan has lost a lot of weight, and looks SO good. 

So, unbeknownst to Nathan, I’ve been inspired. I have begun a 10-day Juice Feast. It began today, July 1st. I just wanted to post to the blog to let Nathan know what I’ve begun – and because of his inspiration, I’m willing to work for success for myself. I doubt he even knows how much he inspired me, but he’ll see over time.

Today, I’ve had a couple quarts of juice (carrot, apple, celery, cucumber, ginger) and a quart of tea, and several cups of water that I didn’t measure. I went to the movie with my family (How to Train Your Dragon 2) – and I had a cup of lemonade. I sat between Ben & Naomi (who had Amaranthine on her lap). Because I was in the middle, I also got to hold a huge container of popcorn so they could eat it. 

Nathan, you’d be proud of me. I didn’t nibble even one kernel of corn, not one.

I am going to play with the different colors of juice available to me through the Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead website. They provide a layout of the various juicing plans in detail, along with some delicious recipes to assist you on your journey. I’m grateful for that – and the variety of juice we have available. I’ve experimented with many juices and created personal recipes myself during the last 10 years, too.  Looking forward to seeing where I’ll be in a week!

See you tomorrow. :o)

Prevent a Sugar Binge – Eat Dates

There are SO many temptations out there, each seems almost sinister in its design to keep us from being happy and healthy. For those of us who are aging, and I know there are many of us boomers who are there, it seems that we’re reaching the age of new medical problems – diabetes, high blood pressure, thyroid issues, etc., problems that never crossed the mind a few decades ago.

Binge-ing in any form isn’t good for us, but nowadays it can feel even more detrimental. So today, I just wanted to share another recipe I enjoy.

Tip: One tablespoon of cinnamon can be a little heavy – you may wish to reduce it, or switch it out for a different spice you prefer.

 

Date Almond Chocolate Balls
A Sweet Date/Almond Treat
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Ingredients
  1. 20 Medjool dates, pits removed
  2. 1/2 C almond butter
  3. 1/4 C coconut flour
  4. 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  5. 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  6. Finely shredded coconut flakes
Instructions
  1. Mix first 5 ingredients in food processor.
  2. It will be sticky.
  3. Roll into small balls.
  4. Coat by rolling in the shredded coconut.
Notes
  1. Favorite Tip: Roll in crushed pecans instead for a decadent dessert treat.
Adapted from http://www.examiner.com/article/eat-dates-to-prevent-a-sugar-binge
Adapted from http://www.examiner.com/article/eat-dates-to-prevent-a-sugar-binge
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Homemade Almond Milk

I’ve read many of the recipes for how to make almond milk – and most of them have overwhelmed me. I’m used to making do when I don’t have what the recipe calls for, but I have never gotten past the cheese cloth bag, and squeezing out the milk – when you create this tasty delicious drink in a blender. Additionally, I usually forget to even think about buying it when I’m in the store, unless it is on my list.  All that aside, I have indeed purchased cheese cloth and intend to give it a try very soon.

However, this is the first time I’ve ever heard of actually running the almonds through my juicer. I would NOT have thought of this on my own. So I’m going to give you a link to an amazing recipe for creating your very own almond milk.

Enjoy!

Raw Beginnings

There is a place to begin, and here we Go-o-o-o!

*laughter* Often I have held back, and told my daughter that I didn’t have something to say everyday, so I probably shouldn’t blog.  She responded and told me that she needed to learn the things I know, and her friends do too.  “Please, mom, please keep sharing!” I will, just for you!

There is a family story about Uncle Bill. He was told that if he didn’t quit eating his donuts, etc. that he wouldn’t live longer than another year.  He thought about this and decided, “I like the sweet things in life. I’m going to enjoy them. If I leave Earth a little earlier because of it, then so be it.” (Paraphrased, definitely.)

My journey through life involves a different thought process. If eating sugars or too much bread makes me feel ill or uncomfortable, then I decisively want to avoid that feeling. My journey to discover the nuances of tastes, textures, and colors of food – and the thrill they bring in certain combinations – has been delightful. It has been one step at a time.

I’m usually an all-or-nothing, go-for-the-gusto, kind of person, but this journey has been a little more gentle. I’ll fill you in on the process in further posts, memories of my mother and her love of herbs, our family gatherings to heal and cleanse, etc. as time goes by.  You will see a little bit of our family’s “Steps to Health”.

I can’t wait to share more with you!  Whole, raw food is amazing – truly irRAWsistible!